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New intimate relationships in later life: Consequences for social and filial relationships
Social Work, Stockholm University. (Socialt arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6096-2752
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-898X
2013 (English)In: 2nd ISA forum of Sociology, Ssocial Justice and Democratization, 1–4, August 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Book of Abstracts, 2013, 65-65 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Lots of prior social gerontological research has focused on filial rela-tions in informal care as well as the impact of widowhood on social relation-ships in later life. In this paper we instead ask how a new intimate relation-ship in later life effect relationships with children, relatives and friends. In particular we focus on the effects that a new intimate partner in later life has on filial, social and care obligations. To answer these questions, qualitative interviews were conducted with a strategical sample of 28 Swedes, 63–91 years, who had established a new intimate relationship after the age of 60 (or who are dating). We found that the respondents describe changes over their life-time in what we conceptualize as the ‘relationship chain’ – a hierarchy in social and care responsibilities – where the new partner in established relations steps in at the very front of the chain. This is positively perceived by the informants, who recurrently describe their partners as a resource for their own autonomy as well as that of their children, relatives and friends.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 65-65 p.
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21127DiVA: diva2:898123
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2nd ISA forum of Sociology, Ssocial Justice and Democratization, 1–4, August 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Forte 2009 0720
Available from: 2016-01-27 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2017-01-30Bibliographically approved

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